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Eglwysfach, Glandovey.



ABERAYRON. OBITUARY.—We regret to announce the death of Mr. Mary Davies, late of the New Black Lion, one of the oldest inhabitants of the town, who passed away on Sunday at her residence in Victoria-street. A SERIOUS ACCIDENT.—Whilst Mr. Dewhirst, chemistry master at the Intermediate School, was mixing up ol.wi.icals preparatory to hisle^ture at the Debating Society, they suddenly exploded, injuring his face and breaking his spectacles. We are glad to say he is rapidly recovering. VOLUNTEERS.—Almost every town or other is making some sort of a move in raising a volunteer corps. The usual lack of enterprise keeps Aber- ayron in the cold. WATERWORKS.—These are again at a stop; the trench dug; the water got: and the Aberayron Urban Council are satisfied. Surely some move will be made in the sweet bye and bye." INVALIDED.—An Aberayron soldier who should have been in South Africa has been invalided home from Hongkong to Woolwich Hospital. He is private William Davies, A Company, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. THE INFLUENZA.—This scourge still rages with all its severeness, and something like 20 per cent. of the inhabitants are victims. We are pleased to find lr. J. H. Jones has recovered and took his fi seat at the last Urban Council. BRITISH SCHOOL.—The yearly report on the ex- amina; ion of this school came last week, and as usual was found to be up to the mark. Much praise is due to the headmaster, Mr. J. R. Davies, for the disciplined manner in which the school is conducted. At the foot of the report were also the remarks that the singing was good and the sewing deserves praise. CAF!S CHANTANTS have recently been held with very fair success, but it is well known that when the proceeds go to the Church the Nonconformists will-not attend, and vice versa. Perhaps they will accept my humble proposition to have a cafe chant-, ant in aid of our brave Tommies now serving in Africa, when both will be satisfied, and there are none who can doubt that the cause is not a just- one.—" A Son of Mars." A SU, GGEST Pedestrian writes I beg to draw attention to the lack of seats around Aber- ayron. The scenery around this town is some of the finest in Wales. But to enjoy scenery one ought to sit down instead of having to keep continually on the tramp. Why not put half-a-dozen seats up as far as Llanayron and another half-dozen up Alltvgraig as far as the top of the College Pool. The tourist or "tripper" could then enjoy the beautiful scenery, watch the anglers fishing, and rest his weary limbs at the same time." RUER.-On Thursday last the champion runner Spider performed an unusual feat in the town- running 51 miles in half-an-hour. It soon trans- pired that the "Spider" had undertaken to run the long distance of eleven miles in one hour. Long before the appointed time the "streets were lined with crowds of anxious spectators, old and young, and it was evident that the sporting blood of Aberavron had not yet ceased to run. Punctu- ally at 4-30 the Spider appeared, and commenced running round and round the outside of the cycle track, a fine piece of ground in the centre of the town. The Spider was in grand form, starting off with a steady swinging stride. He covered the first mile well within 5 minutes, and the second in "6, the third in 5 minutes, and so on. After com- pleting some nineteen odd rounds, which came to a little over five and a half miles, well within the first half hour, he evidently did not think the game worth the candle, or in other words the amount of money received worth the trouble of running for, so he finished up. We have not the slightest doubt that had he continued running he could easily have covered the distance in the allotted time. ABERAYRON READING ROOM.—" Pawn writes: Sir.— I beg to draw the attention of the Secretary or of any members of the above room to the fact that with very little cost a few more amusement* might be added to while away the tediousness of a wet evening. Whist is very nice, but still is liable to get monotonous if played continually. There- fore, why not vary it with an occasional game of draughts, Halma, or chess. Chess is an intellectuul game. Why let it decay ? Why not bring our reading room up to the general standard of all reading rooms, and provide sufficient amusement for young as well as old. URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL.—THURSDAY. Present-Councillors D. Evans, J.P. (presiding); J. T. Evans (vice-chairman) E. Lloyd, Evan Lewis, John Rees, David Griffiths, J. R. Evans, J. Davies, J. II. Jones, B. C. Jones (clerk) and John Watkins (surveyor). BYE-LAWS. The Chairman reported that the Rev. Evan Morris had convened a meeting of the committee appointed to consider the bye-laws question, and Mr. Morris, Mr. J. C. Davies, himself, and the clerk were all that attended. They had adopted the following, hoping that they would meet with the Council's approval:—1, For the prevention of nuisance arising from snow, filth, dust, ashes, and rubbish, and for the prevention of the keeping of animals on any premises so as to be injurious to health 2, pleasure beats and vessels 3, public bathing; 4. dairies and cowsheds; 5, slaughter- houses. They had not adopted bye-laws which would never come within their reach at Aberayron, and by adopting the above five, he thought they would cover everything required at Aberayron. Mr. J. H. Jones Before discussing any of the bve-laws, I should like to make a few remarks on the sweeping charge made against the Council by Mr. Denham Evans at a recent meeting of the Literary and Debating Society. As he gathered from different papers, Mr. Evans had emphasised at the Society that the Council had refused leasing the beach to a company who would supply bathing machines, without costing the town or Council a penny piece. He (Mr. Jones) was chairman of the old Council when this application reached them. Their clerk was put in correspondence with the Monachty Estate author- ities, who wrote stating it was not in the Council's power to grant any such lease. It was only fair, he thought, that since Mr. Evans' remarks had appeared in the press the public should also see that the Council wag not to blame. The Chairman corroborated Mr. Jones' remarks, and said he also remembered that the estate authorities refused them leave to grant the applica- tion. But as he was aware that some change had lately taken place, perhaps, Mr. Evans, would be a little more liberal with his authority in the future. Mr. J. T. Evans then commenting on the bye- laws question said he had every confidence in the committee who selected them, and was prepared to move that they be adopted in a bath. Ir. J. R. Evans Who do you say were the com- mittee who considered them 1 The Chairman Myself, Mr. J. Davies, Feathers, and the Rev. E. Morris. Mr. Evans: Oh, I see. But would it not be better for the whole Council to see the bye-laws instead of adopting what we don't know will be in force 1 Mr. J. Davies: Why appoint a committee at all ? We better sit here again, and gp through them. Mr. J. Rees: A copy of the bye-laws were sent over to Mr. Evans, but he was from home at the time. Mr. Evans Oh, I beg your pardon. If the whole Council have seen them I am willing by all means to fall in. Mr. J. H. Jones: I don't know whether I have seen them too, but the fact of our being so long without them makes me to fall in by all means. It is high time they were already passed should any question arise the first thing asked is, where is your bye-laws. They were without a back bone as it were, and he was prepared to support that they be adopted all in a batch. Mr. J. R. Evans: I beg to move an amendment that they be adopted separately. Mr. Evan Lewis seconded. The Chairman then put the question up. The motion was carried by 6 votes against 3. PUBLIC LIBRARY. Mr. J. H. Jones said that as he was the originator oi the Public Library it was his duty to let them know how the matter stood. Mr. Jones (the Clerk) and himself had attended upon the magistrates at Aberayron, who promised to assist the Council in every way (hear, bear). They had also written to the County Council, and their application was re- ferred to the Cardiganshire Joint Police Committee who met at Lampeter last week. It was granted there, he could venture to say, with enthusiasm (hear, hear), and he now begged to give notice of motion that the election of outside trustees for the library and other arrangements be carried out at the next meeting. This was agreed to, and the whole Council seemed pleased at the steps taken. A PURCHASE. Mr. D. Evans (chairman) reported that he and several members of the Council were present at a sale at Llyswen Mill, when a chain which held the parapet which spanned the river at the Common was put up for sale. The chain belonged to Mrs. Harries, and they ventured to buy it, and it cost them the enormous sum of one and sixpence (laughter). He hoped the Council would pass it (laughter). Mr. J. Davies It we have enough to our credit. It was decided to pay Mr. Evans the sum. PORTLAND STREET SHED. Mr. J. R. Evans asked if the shed in Portland- street was rated, and drew attention to the nuisance which existed there. The Clerk: About the rating, that is the work for the overseers to look into. Mr. Evans: Perhaps you will ascertain from the overseers whether it is rated or not ? The Clerk: I will Mr. J. R. Evans asked if the Council bad been charged for the lamps not lighted for the last month or so. PUBLIC LIGHTING. Mr. J. Williams (lamplighter): It is not my fault, sir. Mr. Evans But have the Council been charged, I ask? The Clerk: Yes. Mr. Evans: Well, I don't see why we should ask the ratepayers to pay for what has never been done. TLc CLahiiiaii: But it ia Uvt the lamplighter's fault. He could as well light the lamps as pass them in walking up towards Llyswen and Panteg. Because the contractors do not fulfil their contract, I cfon't see why the lamplighter should suffer. Mr. J. R. Evans: I never suggested that, but the ,,g money must be returned from somewhere, and I propose we hold the contractors responsible. rr. J. T. Evans: I am of the same opinion exactly. The Chairman: Decidedly. In having their ship wind-bound at Holyhead for six weeks, it's enough to keep us in darkness without paying out of pocket money. Mr. Evan Lewis explained that enough notice bad been given Messrs. Davies and Evans every time a fresh supply of oil was required, but they paid no heed to it. Mr. John Hugh Jones also spoke in favour of paying the lamplighter in full, and of holding the contractors responsible for the amounts, and that in future any contractor contracting anything with the Council should be made to sign an agreement form. Mr G. Evans seconded the latter portion of Mr Jones' suggestion. The Lamplighter said that when he fetched benzoline barrels from Messrs Davies and Evans, nearly one half of the oil had evaporated. He called the attention of David Evans (one of the firm) to the last, but he only got Twt, twt, I've got no time, I am discharging the 'Ca(lwgan' r' The Chairman: Such things should not be al- lowed to pass by. The Council then resolved to pay the Lamp- lighter's wages without deduction, and that the contractors be made to make up the deficiency in the lamps not lighted from want of oil, and also the money they had to pay the lamplighter for those unlighted lamps. PETTY SESSIONS,—WEDNESDAY. Before Major Price Lewis (in the chair), Rev. J. M. Griffiths, and Councillor D. Evans. ASSAULT. Ann Jones, Cefngar, Cilcennin, charged William Morgan, Glanfran, Llanbadarn Trefeglwys, with assault. The complainant was represented by Mr D. Pennant Jones, and the defendant by Mr C. Denham Evans. The alleged assault was said to have taken place on a bridge crossing a brook on defendant's land on the 31st December last, on the way to Pontsaeson Chapel. —The Complainant called, said the defendant stood on the bridge repairing the hand rail, which the cows had broken. She, accompanied by her two sons and a friend, were on their way to chapel when they were stopped by the defendant, who said that nobody was to pass that night. She then tried to force a passage, when the defendant struck her under the left breast.—Cross-examined by Mr Evans: It was not true that she went on and pushed the defendant, and called him all names except his own.—Mr Evans: Did you call him a cheat and a bankrupt?—I never knew he was a bankrupt (laughter).—Mr Evans: Neither did 1 only through you.—Mr Evans: Did you call him an old blue-haired icliot ? (laughter).- The Complainant: I might; he is that, too (renewed laughter).—Mr Evans: Did you also say there was room for him in Carmarthen asylum, as old Bet had come from there ? (loud laughter).— The Complainant: I do not remember, but I might have said there was room for him in the asylum. Anne Jones, who accompanied the complainant on the date in question, gave evidence to the same effect, and during his cross-examination Mr. Evans asked if it was true that she was not on good terms with the defendant, and that she had left his services without being fCompleted. The witness replied that there was nothing extraordinary in her leaving his services, as it was only in accordance with custom (laiijUter)—Mr. Evans then called the defendant, who related his version of the affair. He was standing on the bridge, when the com- plainant and witness approached him in a threatening manner, and,asked him to clear away. He said he was not going to shift then to please her. She then pushed forward towards him. The plank being only 13 inches wide, he crept back z6 little and raised his hand and said Keep back or you will swear again that I have struck you." She then called him a cheat, a bankrupt, and a blue- haired devil, and that old" Bet." had been removed from the Asylum, and that there was room for him. He then asked her what was the difference be- tween his hair turning blueish and 14 Daiydd" (her husband's) turning grey, to which she replied that it was the Almighty's work on Dafydd's head and it was the devil's on mine (loud laughter).—The Bench, in giving their decision, remarked that they failed to see how defendant could have struck the complainant where she had stated, as according to her own admission she received no pain. There- fore, the charge would be dismissed, each party paying their own costs. GAME.—John Davies, coachman, Llanina, charged R. Davies, New Quay, with trespassing in pursuit of game. on the lands of Esgeronen, on the Llanina Estate, on the 9th ulto. Fined 5s. and costs. LIGHTS.-P.C. D. Thomas (25) Llanon, charged Anne Jones, Perthtrinant, with driving on the high- way an hour after sunset without having lights. The defendant explained that she had lamps, but the springs were out of order. She had met several persons on the road, who had seen her with lights, and the lamps were warm at the time the constable stopped her.—The constable, however, said he felt the lamps, but they were cold. The Bench said they believed Mrs. Jones' story, but as she had no lights they must levy a small fine of Is only. DURING PROHIBITED HOURS.—P.C. D. Davies, Ystrad, charged Daniel Davies, Three Horse Shoe, Cribyn, with keeping open his house during pro- hibited hours. The case on behalf of the police was conducted by Supt. Williams, and the defence by Mr. C. Denham Evans. The constable said that accompanied by P.S. Davies, Lampeter, he was on duty at Cribyn. They entered the defendant's house, and found six persons on the premises. This was at 10 30 p.m., whereas the house should have closed at 10 p.m. Therewerealso several empty drink- ing pots on the counter. It was a rough rainy night. The defendant was put in the witness box, and said it was at 9 45 that the last drink was served out that night, and the customers were waiting the rain to clear off when found in the house at 10 30 by the constables. They were only chatting about the coming concert in the neighbourhood. After a lengthy hearing, the Bench dismissed the defen- dant with a caution, remarking that the constable was perfectly right in taking the steps he did. ATTEMPTED SUICIDE.—Margaret Evans, Llan- dyssiliogogo, was charged by Deputy-Chief Con- stable Williams with having attempted suicide by drowning.—Samuel Davies gave evidence that he was proceeding along the Synod Inn-road early on the morning of the 25th ult., when he saw the accused partly dressed lying in a pool of water. He immediately picked her up,and asked her what she was doing there. She said she felt that life had become a burden upon her, and that she would go back again. He summoned aid, and took her to a neighbour's house, in whose care he left her.- Accused explained to the Bench that she had suffered greatly from sleeplessness, but was better now, and that the evil spirit which led people to destruction had completely left her.—The son and son-in-law also gave evidence as to her having suffered from illness and sleeplessness, but was much better now.—Owing to there being no medi- cal evidence as to her mental condition, the Bench bound over the last two witnesses in the sum of Z25 each to bring the woman up again in a fort- night, and in the meantime to have her examined by a doctor.